Wrexham Businesses Set To Benefit From Free Parking

by Jamie Adrankone

Wrexham Businesses Set To Benefit From Free Parking

Businesses looking for storage in Wrexham for the post-Christmas period, will be pleased to hear the latest plans from Wrexham council.

Wrexham Council has unveiled plans to make parking free for all in its council car parks after 2pm in a bid to make the shopping centre more attractive.

It is hoped that the free parking will encourage shoppers into the area and boost the local economy thorough spending. Free parking in the afternoons and evenings could also boost local spending in pubs, bars and restaurants as people are encouraged to socialised locally.

The plans have been proposed by council leader and independent councillor Mark Pritchard who is calling on locals to get behind the plans. The plans are due to be voted on this coming week and if successful a 12-week pilot of the new parking plans will be launched from April. Hopefully this could give local business a boost over the spring and summer months.

The independent councillor told The Leader newspaper: “I speak to a lot of people in Wrexham from large businesses to small independent traders.

“It’s important that we try to support and help them as much as we can in these difficult times. We all know that Wrexham as a town has problems in the business world because some businesses unfortunately don’t survive.

“What we’ve tried to do as politicians is support Wrexham town and give incentives and we’re announcing free parking from 2pm and that’s seven days a week.

“I think if we encourage even a small percentage of people to come into the town then it’s been a success.

“I hope that the people of Wrexham get behind the town, some of them change their shopping habits and come in after 2pm.”

The plans to boost local spending by reducing the cost of parking for customers was originally proposed by local business owners in the Wrexham Town Centre Forum. The council’s plans go further than the proposals made by the Town Centre Forum who had originally called for free parking after 3pm.

They have welcomed the plans saying they believe that the changes should help boost local businesses in the town centre.

Wrexham town centre was hit hard by the banking crisis and the collapse of many high street retailers. Despite its centre booming at the turn of the millennium, the area has failed to sustain the retail centre with many empty shops present locally.

The collapse of giants such as BHS and others left the city centre’s Henblas Square shopping centre empty.

There was cause for hope however, with the local council recently pointing out that local businesses are starting to filter back into the square and the arts centre is set to reopen. The local university has also set up premises in the square which could be the start of a new community in the area, which could contribute to the uplift in the local economy that has been needed for so long.

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